Top attractions in Auckland
Get cozy with all the kiwi charm of Auckland’s culture, seafood, history and natural beauty. Only visiting for a few days? Be sure to hit these must-sees while in town.
Opened in 1985, the aquarium was built from underground sewage tanks along the waterfront. Drifting through the clear acrylic tunnels, guests experience wildlife from all angles.
View the city from its main harbor in a sailboat, catamaran, ferry, launch or yacht. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a boat show.
How many volcanoes are in Auckland? Of the 48, Rangitoto is the youngest and largest. Find yourself in the majestic tropics after a short 30-minute ferry from the city.
This New Zealand icon houses a vast collection of natural, indigenous and military history from the region. You can even catch a daily Maori cultural performance here.
Home of the largest collection of contemporary and traditional art in the country, a visit to the gallery is a treat for obvious reasons—the free entry is an added bonus.
Mighty and small critters from around the world call these 17 vast hectares just minutes from the city center home.
The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. An icon of the Auckland skyline, a trip to the top offers an unforgettable view.
It’s a small city packed with nature and historical intrigue. One could have a decent handle on the city within 4 days.
Weather is generally mild with warm, humid summers and balmy, damp winters. Lots of layers and rain gear are advisable.
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- April and October fall just outside peak tourist season, so prices will be lower, but you'll still get lots of sunshine and warm weather!
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What people are saying about Auckland
Louise, our guide, was incredibly inviting and informative throughout the entirety of our trip. We spent about three hours driving through beautiful countryside learning about New Zealand’s history, agriculture, and Maori culture. We went to both Wai o Tapu Geothermal Park and the geothermal park/Maori culture park at Te Puia. The former was beautiful, and Louise made sure we knew how these geothermal areas were used by the Maori. Te Puia was an amazing experience, as we were graciously invited to participate in a welcome ceremony and performance, and toured the on-site school that teaches traditional arts and culture to new generations. It was extremely interesting (and heartening) to learn about the Maori and see the work being done to preserve their traditions. Walking through the rest of the park, we even got to see a geyser erupt amidst the smoking craters and pools. The day was extremely memorable, and our guide was one of the most pleasant people we met.
Our guide David was excellent. We managed to get out early to catch the sunrise (and some beautiful photos) of the Matamata area around Hobbiton and were the first tour of the day (nobody else to get in your shots!) The New Zealand scenic routes were fantastic to get a taste of New Zealand outside the larger towns and David's tips were extremely helpful for where to go and what to look for at each location.
Everyone, from our driver David to our guides Gabbie and Ariana, was enthusiastic and friendly. The zip-lines themselves gave us an exciting experience and allowed us to enjoy beautiful vistas from above. Our nature walk after the zip-lining was interesting and thoughtful. And the entire enterprise supports efforts to protect and restore natural flora and fauna on the island.
The tour is exactly how I want tours to be - not so much on the touristy areas but more on the scenic spots and a bit of history here and there. Thanks to Michael for being a good host! I was choosing between hop on hop off explorer bus and this tour, and I’m so glad I chose the latter. Good job to Michael and best of luck!
We did end up seeing pygmy blue whales and a bryde’s whale, along with several dolphins, and even penguins! The crew was extremely well-informed and informative. They took two samples of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and explained their environmental importance. It was an altogether engaging and memorable experience.